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Maritime Operation Branch

Maritime Engineer

Maritime Simulation

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Training Support Operations Branch

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About Maritime Operations Branch

The U.S. Army Transportation School's Maritime Operations Branch provides United States Coast Guard (USCG) and Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) approved courses for U.S. Army Watercraft Operators (88K) and Marine Deck Warrant Officer (880A). This includes Initial Entry Training (IET) to junior enlisted Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 88K10 and Warrant Officer Basic Course (WOBC) for MOS 880A1. This branch continues education for functional watercraft operations training in MOS 88K20, technical training for advanced and senior level Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) at the 88K30 and 88K40 levels, and advanced level training for Warrant Officers. In addition, the Maritime Training Branch is capable of tailoring training to meet a variety of needs for transportation units.

US Army Watercraft Operator directing unloading.

Watercraft Operator (88K10-88K40)

Watercraft Operators are required to receive and maintain certification from MITD to be able to license to grade and position aboard any vessel within the U.S. Army Watercraft Fleet. MTD courses build from the basic level of seamanship, taking a progressive and sequential approach in building technical proficiency and competencies while developing well rounded Army Mariners. Click on the links below for more information.

US Army Warrant Officer in control of the a US Army vessel.

Marine Deck Warrant Officer (880A1/880A2)

Marine Deck Warrant Officers (880A) are required to receive and maintain certification from the Maritime and Intermodal Training Department (MITD) of the U.S. Army Transportation School in order to be licensed to grade aboard all vessels within the U.S. Army Watercraft Fleet. Soldiers attending the Warrant Officer Basic Course (WOBC) receive basic through advanced level instruction for mariners, taking a progressive and sequential approach to build technical proficiency and competence for near coastal operations. Warrant Officers will attend the Warrant Officer Intermediate Course (WOIC) to build upon the knowledge and skills learned during WOBC and upon graduation, will receive the A2 certification required for ocean going vessel operations and various staff level liaison positions. The Warrant Officer Advanced Course (WOAC) provides Chief Warrant Officers with the leadership, tactical, and technical training to serve in company and higher-level positions with a primary focus directed towards leadership training, staff skills, and advanced level career field training. The Warrant Officer Intermediate Level Education (WOILE) course provides Strategic, Joint, Theater, Division and Corps level instruction which includes vessel defense, JLOTS packages, advanced firefighting and the Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems.